By Mohini Chakravorty, VOX Alumna & summer intern
This summer, six VOX teen staff members hit the road to facilitate a workshop for our peers at Georgia Teen Institute (GTI), held at Emory at Oxford. We set out to help our peers raise their voice in their respective organizations and communities.
In planning the workshops, the VOXers reflected on their past experiences and devised a daylong “VOX to-go” agenda packed full of games and activities focusing on creating awareness of youth voice.
We take VOX workshops out into the community all year long to bring writing, self expression and leadership opportunities to teens at local schools and nonprofits.
One of the featured activities at our GTI workshop was the Circle of Privilege. About 40 teens stood in a circle and stepped forward in response to questions we asked regarding their experiences with youth organizations. With each step forward, participants realized ...
It’s funny how much can change in a year.
I’ve experienced that change here at VOX since Jan. 22, 2013, the day I arrived as our new executive director.
I’ve watched as teens graduated and left for college, as our Board of Directors gained new teen members and as our teens have won scholarships, awards and the respect of their teen and adult peers as they grow as leaders in front of our eyes.
We’ve created new events, like our Homecoming Dance & Awards Dinner, new programs, like Art Club, new partnerships with companies like MailChimp, and we’re creating a new strategic plan that will chart the path for VOX’s next five years.
VOX has changed in amazing ways in the past year, and so have I, but there’s one very central thing that hasn’t changed since I introduced myself to you on this blog a year ago.
In August, VOX teens hosted two groups of peers from Kate's Club, a local nonprofit that empowers children and teens after the death of a parent or sibling.
At VOX, teens from Kate's Club participated in self-expression workshops, where VOX teens facilitated writing and art portions so that the teens experiencing grief could have an outlet to express themselves. Some of their written work will be up on our blog next week to bring awareness to Chlid Grief Awareness Month (penned "Blue November"), but today, we're sharing their artistic work and a behind-the-scenes snapshot of the workshops, in honor of Children's Grief Awareness Day.
Click here to access the photo gallery and check out all the photos, and for more about Kate's Club and their programming, visit their website here.